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Sydney – Walk With Me – National Event

May 2, 2010

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Walk With Me: Nation-wide event advocates social inclusion for people with a disability.    A national call for social inclusion towards people living with a disability

  • Sunday 2 May
  • Doyle Grounds, The King’s School, North Parramatta

* Get behind this event – it will be extremely rewarding for all who participate – MiSociety 
A national call for social inclusion towards people living with a disability will take place with an inaugural nation-wide event to be held on Sunday, 2 May – Walk With Me.

The event seeks to educate Australians to see a person first and not their disability by providing a platform for people to spend time with someone with a disability.

One location in each state of Australia will host Walk With Me, which encourages people to walk along a pre-determined track with someone living with a disability, getting to know more about their abilities and raising funds for respite services.

Northcott Disability Services, a leading not-for-profit disability service provider, will make the stand for disability holding the NSW event at Doyle Grounds, located within The King’s School in North Parramatta.

Kerry Stubbs, CEO of Northcott Disability Services, said the event will be an enjoyable day for the whole family and hopes Sydneysiders will get behind what will be a positive step for people with a disability.

“Walk With Me is a wonderful way to promote an inclusive society, which really reflects the purpose behind Northcott’s existence,” Ms Stubbs said.

“To spend time and even form a friendship with someone living with a disability will go a long way in breaking down barriers and misconceptions,” she said.

Hayley Sparkl, a six-year-old girl living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as Brittle Bones, will be participating in the walk with her parents, Sharon and Allan Sparkl.

“Hayley has had multiple fractures throughout her tiny body including breaking her femurs (thigh bone) six times, requiring two separate rodding surgeries,” Ms Sparkl said.

“Spine surgery for severe scoliosis is sadly, imminent,” she said.

“Hayley is a brave young girl with courage far beyond her years,” she said.

Friends, family and people touched by Hayley’s story have already generously sponsored Hayley for the walk by giving over $1,000.

“Northcott has supported Hayley by assisting her to attend her local primary school, as well as providing physiotherapy and support for our family,” Ms Sparkl said.

“We are grateful to all of the supporters who have sponsored Hayley for Walk With Me, as this allows Northcott to continue what they do best – help children like Hayley,” she said.

Ability First Australia is the national body organising Walk With Me through its seven member organisations: Cootharinga (North Queensland), MontroseAccess (QLD), Northcott Disability Services (NSW,ACT), Rocky Bay (WA), Novita Children’s Services (SA,NT), St Giles (TAS) and Scope (VIC).

The concept of Walk With Me originated in America by disability organisation, Easter Seals and in 2009 over 18,000 Americans came together to walk for disability. 

A variety of fun activities and entertainment including face painting, clowns, a petting zoo, art, a sausage sizzle, NSW wheelchair rugby league demonstration and more will be part of the Walk With Me event for children and families at The King’s School.

To be a part of Walk With Me or to sponsor someone living with a disability supported by Northcott, visit www.northcott.com.au or Freecall 1800 506 071

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